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Obasanjo endorses Buhari, warns against coup- PUNCHNEWSPAPER
After months of berating the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared his support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Obasanjo, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, made his opinion known during an interview with the Financial Times at the launch of his controversial autobiography titled, ‘My Watch’, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Obasanjo said Buhari, who ruled Nigeria between December 1983 and August 1985, was aware of the challenges of Nigeria today and was qualified to rule the country.
He said, “The circumstances he (Buhari) will be working under if he wins the elections are different from the one he worked under before, where he was both the executive and the legislature – he knows that. He is smart enough. He is educated enough. He’s experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?”
Obasanjo said he was confident that Buhari would be able to effectively tackle corruption and insecurity.
The former President said Buhari would restore the morale of the military which, he said, was needed in the fight against terrorism.

Disaster Averted in Borno as 147 Bombs are Recovered– THISDAY
What could have been a major disaster was averted in Borno State with the recovery of 147 cluster bombs at a village in the state by security agents.
Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Clement Adoda, said the bombs were recovered from a distance of about 27 kilometres from the state capital, Maiduguri.
He said the bombs were discovered at Auno village in Konduga Local Government Area of the state.
Adoda said: “I am glad that at about 9a.m on February 8 (Sunday) 147 unexploded cluster ordinances (UXOS) were recovered at about two kilometres away from Auno village near Jakana, Londuga local government area of Borno State.”
He said the combined team of bomb disposal unit, policemen and troops attached to Jakana area led by Capt. Daniel Yakubu sighted the explosives, recovered and destroyed them in good time without injuries or damages to lives and property.
The commissioner further explained that the state bomb disposal team had also recovered unexploded ordinance (UXO) suspected to have been launched during one of the Boko Haram attacks on Maiduguri in one of the Boys’ Quarters at the residence of the state Director of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) along Damboa Road Maiduguri.
According to him, the explosives were detonated safely without damages to lives and property, adding this feat wouldn’t have been achieved without the timely rendering of information to security agents by the members of the public.

‘INEC not seeking to manipulate elections’ says Jega – THE NATION
The Independent National Electoral Commission has rejected the allegation that it is trying to manipulate the country’s general election.
There are paid advert suggesting that the commission’s chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, is working towards manipulating the elections.
Some have also called for his sack, saying the INEC chief has lost focus.
But the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said all the allegations against the commission are false.
He explained that nobody delayed the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to any of the states.

He said the report that the distribution of the PVCs were skewed in favor of the troubled states was not true as states like Akwa Ibom and others have also achieved over 70 per cent collection.
Idowu stressed that the card readers have been configured in readiness for the elections.
“They have been sent to all the states and the people who went to configure them have finished and returned to the commission,” he added.

APC Accuses PDP Of Buying PVC For N10,000– LEADERSHIP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Of purchasing each Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) for N10.000 in its desperation to win the forthcoming elections in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed the APC said the PDP has also resorted to the intimidation of some voters to seize their PVCs, in the wake of the recent postponement of the general elections.

The APC further alleged that a company, Agro-Allied Communities Service Nigeria Limited, has been formed ostensibly to provide N50,000 loan each to ‘empower’ women.
The party also claimed that, “ anyone seeking to get the loan must provide her PVC as ‘collateral’, which is basically the essence of the establishment of the company that is supposedly a private concern but in reality a PDP front to mop up PVCs, especially in opposition strongholds.”

Presidency, PDP reject card reader for election– PUNCH
There were indications that the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party were already commencing tactics aimed at frustrating the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to make use of card readers for the 2015 elections.
Investigations by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday, indicated that the ruling party and the Presidency were already looking at the possibility of mobilising Nigerians to demand that the use of card readers for the election be stopped.
This is coming as a former National Chairman of the ruling party, who is now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said there were signs that the PDP was not interested in holding the elections.
Rather, Ogbeh said, the party was still hell-bent on foisting interim government on Nigeria.
A source in the Presidency, who spoke on condition of anonymity with our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday, said that both the Presidency and some members of the National Working Committee of the party had been asked to continue to either condemn the use of the card readers for the elections or also that the commission be told to allow Nigerians to use the Temporary Voter Card instead of the Permanent Voter Card for the election.

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